The Pendulum: A Granddaughter's Search for Her Family's Forbidden Nazi Past

The Pendulum: A Granddaughter's Search for Her Family's Forbidden Nazi Past

by Julie Lindahl


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ISBN-13: 9781538111932
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 673,976
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Julie Lindahl is an author and educator living in Sweden. She is a contributor to WBUR Cognoscenti and has been featured on National Public Radio. Julie holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MPhil in international relations from Oxford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Frankfurt. She is the founder of Stories for Society, a nonprofit organization for renewing the art of story-making among youth for social transformation. WBUR 90.9 won the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in innovation and the 2018 Associated Press Media Editor’s Award for innovation in storytelling based on a program series featuring her story.

Table of Contents

Part I: “Quiet Is Best”
Chapter 1: Sweden, 2015
Chapter 2: West Germany, 1989
Chapter 3: The United Kingdom, 1990
Chapter 4: Germany, 1997
Chapter 5: Germany, 2010
Chapter 6: Germany, 2012
Chapter 7: Germany, 2012
Chapter 8: Poland, 2012
Chapter 9: Germany, 2013
Chapter 10: Germany, 2013
Chapter 11: Poland, 2013
Chapter 12: Auschwitz, 2013
Chapter 13: Bosnia Herzegovina, 2014
Part II: The Red Dust
Chapter 14: Sweden, June 2015
Chapter 15: Latin America, February 2016
Chapter 16: Asuncion, February 2016
Chapter 17: Asuncion, February 2016
Chapter 18: Asuncion, March 2016
Chapter 19: Asuncion, March 2016
Chapter 20: Sao Paulo, March 2016
Chapter 21: Campo Grande, March 2016
Chapter 22: Campo Grande, March 2016
Chapter 23: Maracaju, March 2016
Chapter 24: Maracaju, March 2016
Chapter 25: Brasilia, March 2016
Chapter 26: Stockholm, May 2017
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LilacDreams 6 months ago
Julie grew up believing she’d done something wrong. She finally learned her grandparents were Nazi SS during the war. They remained unrepentant, and cast long shadows of bitterness over their children and grandchildren. Her grandfather was a member of the mounted SS, and enjoyed beating Poles. Her grandmother believed the Poles to be dirty and disorganized, and should have been grateful to the Germans for bringing order. To the end of her life, she believed the Holocaust to be a lie; people didn’t have a bad time in the labor camps. It was just Jewish propaganda. The SS men were the best sort. Nature weeds out the weak and allows only the best and strongest to survive. That’s what the Germans did, according to the grandmother. Now it’s best to let history rest in peace. This is a sobering look at how the descendants of diehard Nazis struggle to cope with their heritage.